Claim: £1m a week in child allowances paid to children living overseas

On 4 February 2013, Sky News, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail said that £1m a week in child allowances was being paid to children living overseas. This claim surfaced again in the latest debate on immigration and benefits. In January 2014, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail reported that David Cameron wants to stop paying child benefit for children living abroad in countries such as Poland, whose parents work in the UK. Nick Clegg supports the policy, but both the Vice-President of the European Commission and Poland’s foreign minister have criticised it.

True or False?

The claim is largely true but we found that this represents only a fraction of total UK spending on child allowances.

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